Crashes, clashes and competition at Kent karting cup challenge
The annual Maidstone Novus Karting Cup in June saw 16 teams vying to be crowned the 2019 champions.
Teams from construction-based companies across Kent came together at Bayford Meadows in Sittingbourne for this 90-minute endurance competition, now in its seventh year.
From starters’ orders it was apparent that competition was fierce – with six teams initially alternating at the top of the leader board after each lap, but soon it was clear there was a team to beat – Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS).
The race for second and third place was where the competition was hotting up. CA Drillers, Invvu, BAM, London and South East Building Control (LSE) and Kent Design Studio all shared the positions at some point. The final three laps were the deciding ones, with KFRS the clear winner, retaining their 2018 title. LSE was runner-up and the CA Drillers team 2 took third place. Fastest Lap trophy went to KFRS’ Oliver Crow.
There were some spectacular crashes, but none could beat the one between Faithful+Gould’s Tim Dashwood and CIOB Maidstone Hub vice chairman Oma Megbele. Slowest lap honour went to one of Invvu’s team who managed to take nearly two minutes to navigate the track on one round – at least 30 seconds slower than anyone else.
Bayford Meadows gave a special mention to one team who “excelled in receiving the most warnings we have ever given in the CIOB competition”. Quigg Golden need to brush up their karting skills for the 2020 competition!
Teampol sponsored the event for the third year.